Rosa-lee Moore
Office: DC117
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 327


Course Description

Studies characteristics and activities of microorganisms, showing their essential relation to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.  Explores fundamentals of bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology, emphasizing their relationships to community health..  Includes soil, water, wastewater, and industrial microbiology.


Statement of Broad Goals

Gives students a background in Microbiology for treatment, remediation and health.


Units and Specific Objectives


  • Students must have certain math skills such as calculate chemical dosages, manipulate formulas and equations, calculate areas and volumes, convert between measuring systems, apply basic math concepts to the profession, calculate volumes from pump running times, calculate averages and geometric means, plot and interpret graphs, and calculate chemical quantities for budget purposes.
  • Certain skills in biology should be possessed by each student such as demonstrate an understanding of water-borne diseases, describe the disinfection process, identify aerobic, anaerobic and facultative bacteria systems, interpret a biological analysis, identify odor generating biological cycles, control algae and other plant growths, recognize how chemicals affect the ecosystem, identify enzyme and nutrient properties for wastewater treatment, demonstrate an awareness of the results of interaction between organisms, and identify microorganisms.
  • Certain computer skills should be possessed by each student such as using operating systems, spreadsheet software, word processing packages, possess a knowledge of PLC at an introductory level, demonstrate keyboarding skills, access data from CD ROM, and use the Internet at a basic level.
  • Students should have certain communication skills such as speak and understand English fluently, deal with the public in a polite manner, deal with emergency situations, communicate effectively, participate as a team  player, demonstrate an awareness of regulator agencies, investigate problems, communicate instructions, demonstrate phone etiquette, resolve conflicts, demonstrate writing skills, fit into the management philosophy of the organization, participate effectively in meetings, demonstrate interview skills, educate public and other stake holders, prepare a resume, deliver a presentation, and deal with the media.
  • Certain safety skills should also be obtained such as demonstrate an awareness of personal responsibilities, use and maintain personal protection equipment, identify safety hazards, demonstrate an awareness of information sources, demonstrate an awareness of confined space entry procedures, use and maintain safety monitoring equipment, demonstrate an awareness of Occupation Health and Safety regulations, describe proper shoring and trenching operations, use and maintain SCBAs, demonstrate an awareness off Alberta First Call procedures, demonstrate an awareness of immunization and personal hygiene, perform first aid and CPR, assist in an accident investigation, participate on safety strategy, describe spill response procedures, perform a safety inspection, repair chlorine cylinder with Kits A and B, and Identify piping color codes
  • Students should have certain computer literacy skills such as using programs, spreadsheets, search for folders, and use mouse drag and drop techniques.



Fundamentals of Microbiology

   1. The Microbial World
   2. Microbial Metabolism and Growth
   3. Role of Microorganisms in Biogeochemical cycles

Public Health Microbiology

   4. Pathogens and Parasites in Domestic Wastewater
   5. Indicator Microorganisms
   6. Water and Wastewater Disinfection

Wastewater and Water Treatment Microbiology

   7. Introduction to Wastewater Treatment
   8. Activated Sludge Process
   9. Bulking and Foaming in Activated Slludge Plants
  10. Processes Based on Attached Microbial Growth
  11. Waste Stabilization Ponds
  12. Sludge Microbiology
  13. Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater and Sludge
  14. Biological Aerosols and Bioodors from Wastewater Treatment Plants
  15. Microbiological Aspects of Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution


Special Teaching Methodology

Students are required to read the lessons from the book, along with any lessons that are on the Internet.  Any questions that are on the website must be answered and turned in to Rosa-lee Moore at Mountain Empire Community College.  Water/wastewater plant visits are also part of the teaching methods used in this course.

There will be a mid-semester hour exam and a comprehensive final exam. To make students aware of historical and/or present applications of microbiology, he or she is required to read an article from a scientific journal such as Environmental Science, Scientific American, etc., every two weeks and present a 2-3 page report.


Grading Policy

Grading Scale:

First Hour Exam                       100 points

Labs                                        100 points

Journal Articles                          80 points

Final Exam                               100 points

Lesson Questions (15)                 2 points each
                                                410 points total

A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = 59% or Below